Educating Women to Educate a Nation

27 May 2007


The book highlights a unique phenomenon which is the first secular school for Muslim girls in the Islamic world. Established in 1901 in Baku by a self-made oil baron Hajji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, the schooled proved to be a vivid example of transforming the "black gold" of oil into the "human gold" of an educated woman. The very idea of the school was viewed by its benefactor as the only way "to bring to a Muslim woman a comprehension of her inalienable human rights".

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